From the Queen’s passion for horse-racing, to Zara Tindall’s Olympic equestrian success and Prince Harry’s love of polo, it’s no secret that the royal family has a keen interest in all things equine.
Last week, it was revealed that two of the youngest members of the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, would be following in their royal relatives’ footsteps by taking up horse riding lessons, courtesy of their father’s cousin, Zara Tindall’s stable.
But despite her children’s new hobby, it is highly unlikely that you will see the Duchess of Cambridge riding horses any time soon. It’s often been reported that Kate is allergic to horses, but another royal biographer has a different theory: that she simply didn’t learn to ride as a child.
‘Kate doesn't ride, purely because didn't do it growing up,’ Marcia Moody, author of Kate: A Biography, told Town & Country. ‘William and Harry were taught from an early age, but the only time they ride now is for polo—they don't go off on hacks like the queen always has.’
But despite this lack of interest – and reported allergy – you can still expect to see the Duchess of Cambridge watching her children ride.
Paralympic rider Natasha Baker met the Duchess last year, and told Horse & Hound magazine that she had: ‘emphasized that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.'